БИЗНЕС-ИДИОМЫ 1.the acid test — The acid test of a product’s saleability is whether the public buy it or not. 2. ahead of time (or schedule) — His arrival ahead of time caused a minor panic. 3.all in all — Although the company has had some problems over the last twelve months, all in all it has been a successful year. 4.apple-pie order — He keeps his office in apple-pie order. 5.at cross purpose — I was thinking of our meeting. I think we’re talking at cross purposes. 6.at once — Would you come to my office? At once, please. 7.behind time (or schedule) — The meeting is running behind the schedule so we’ll have to leave some items until the next morning. 8.to be in the dark – We are still in the dark as to our competitors’ intentions. 9.to be in the picture — "Do you know about the new import legislation in this country?" “Yes, thank you. I’m fully in the picture”. 10.to be on the floor — His business plans have failed and he is on the floor now. 11.big cheese — My boss is big cheese. 12.blueprint — They discussed the economic blueprint at the meeting. 13.dinosaur — Our manager is a dinosaur, he doesn’t know modem technology. 14.double-dutch — I couldn't understand a word, it was double-dutch to me. 15.eleventh hour — He always does things at the eleventh hour. 16.at cross purpose — I was thinking of our meeting. I think we’re talking at cross purposes. 17.brass hat — The brass hat told me to explain my position. 18.to come to the point — You've been speaking for twenty minutes without coming to the point. 19.dinosaur — Our manager is a dinosaur, he doesn’t know modem technology. 20.to focus on – Let’s focus on production figures. 21.game plan — The marketing game plan this year is to identify gaps in the market and to fill those gaps. 22.to give and take — All relationships call for a clement of give and take. 23.in accordance with — Payment must be made within twenty-eight days, in accordance with the contract. 24.in time — The fire-fighters arrived just in time. 25.last but not least — We need to think about how much capital we want to raise and, last but not the least, how we’re going to get it. 26.on paper — The new design looks good on paper, nobody knows whether it will work. 27.to sleep on it — You don’t have to decide now. Sleep on it and let us know tomorrow. 28.to toy with an idea — He toyed with the idea of going to Africa. 29.vicious circle — Companies continuing to produce goods in a dying market arc creating a vicious circle. 30.wise after the event — Difficult situations often produce experts, who arc wise after the event.